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Asetek Unveils Liquid-Cooled Notebook Prototype

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March 22, 2012 2:23:44 AM

That's actually pretty Awesome. It would be cool if the keyboard was detachable or even if it folded back towards you transformer style or a touch screen style keyboard like on smart phones.
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March 22, 2012 2:26:29 AM

these arent meant to be use without being plugged into the wall...

very nice, thank god someone is going thicker and heavier than thinner and lighter
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March 22, 2012 2:27:14 AM

What happens if you run out of coolant? Say, in 1-2 years, that is about when even Corsair's own Hydro series screws itself over. Think about it, consumers won't spend another 3000 for a laptop, so there has to be a way of adding coolant? Especially in a laptop, where it is very compact and crucial to someones entire system.
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March 22, 2012 2:27:44 AM

There goes the little battery life that thing had...
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March 22, 2012 2:46:56 AM

if 6990m were something other than marketing fraud, i would like this computer.
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March 22, 2012 3:09:42 AM

Doesn't coolant start to gel up after a couple of years?
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March 22, 2012 3:28:49 AM

Battery life won't be affected as much as you might think. I think this is really cool. I've never seen a WC laptop before!
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March 22, 2012 3:46:50 AM

4.4GHZ momentary single core turbo, or 4.4GHZ constant all 4 cores? It's most probably just turbo because all 4 cores at 4.4GHZ would produce ALOT of heat, and probably ALOT of Vcore boost, and hence lower life.
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March 22, 2012 3:54:06 AM

For all of you that are commenting on battery life: yeah of course this thing won't have as much. But the point is this is made for people who need to move their pc around but still will plug it into a wall like lan party gamers or mobile production studio use.
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March 22, 2012 4:06:58 AM

amuffinWhat happens if you run out of coolant? Say, in 1-2 years, that is about when even Corsair's own Hydro series screws itself over. Think about it, consumers won't spend another 3000 for a laptop, so there has to be a way of adding coolant? Especially in a laptop, where it is very compact and crucial to someones entire system.

run out of coolant? those are metal pipes, water is going to take a long time to evaporate.

christarpDoesn't coolant start to gel up after a couple of years?

some does but water doesn't. I don't know what they are using but i'd imagine it would be something that won't change it's state.
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March 22, 2012 4:20:16 AM

Looks expensive
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March 22, 2012 4:36:14 AM

Interesting. I'd like an i5 2500k and a Radeon 7970 (preferably two of them in CF) though.
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March 22, 2012 4:40:32 AM

one solid heatsink that ran across the entire back would do the same thing. the whole point to liquid cooling is to take the heat away from the sources and bring them to a large radiator so that it can be cooled more effectively. take a look, 3 small radiators right next to the heat sources. this laptop is nothing more than something to brag about.
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March 22, 2012 5:02:26 AM

dontcrosthestreamsif 6990m were something other than marketing fraud, i would like this computer.


how is it a fraud? are they charging 700$ for a single gpu?
mobile=/=desktop
this is the best mobile they offer if memory serves.
so they gave it the highest number.

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March 22, 2012 5:22:00 AM

For someone who moves about a lot for lan parties, it's perfect.
If someone can afford such a thing, he can probably also afford a more conventional laptop for daily unplugged use.

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March 22, 2012 5:30:16 AM

I have the R1 M18x, and it does run quite hot, 2920XM is able to get 4.4GHz on air for a good boost, 4.0GHz constant. this would be a welcome addition to help cool it down.
sidenote: battery life isn't as bad as you think, plugged in with discrete enabled it's about 2hrs, on integrated it's around 5hrs... although everything does underclock itself, but still not bad for a 20lb monstrosity.
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March 22, 2012 5:45:09 AM

some day...
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March 22, 2012 6:32:27 AM

They should just remove the battery. This laptop is basically a ultraportable desktop. I love the use of liquid cooling.
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March 22, 2012 10:38:05 AM

amuffinWhat happens if you run out of coolant? Say, in 1-2 years, that is about when even Corsair's own Hydro series screws itself over. Think about it, consumers won't spend another 3000 for a laptop, so there has to be a way of adding coolant? Especially in a laptop, where it is very compact and crucial to someones entire system.

It's a closed loop, you won't run out of coolant because it is not evaporating at an appreciable rate. Corsair's Hydro coolers are also closed loop, and don't run out of coolant either.

Think about it. If you fill a plastic bottle with water, would you expect to come back a year later and find an empty bottle? Of course not, you'd find it with pretty much the same level you left it at. I'd be surprised if you could measure the evaporation without some fairly sophisticated equipment.
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March 22, 2012 12:09:37 PM

Watercooled laptop would be pretty damn cool. I wish I knew how to make one.
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Anonymous
March 22, 2012 12:20:08 PM

So, I had a water cooled laptop....spilled water on it :p 
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March 22, 2012 1:03:47 PM

phamhlamThey should just remove the battery. This laptop is basically a ultraportable desktop. I love the use of liquid cooling.

I buy a UPS for all my desktops, having one built-in is actually kind of a nice feature. Just treat it like a UPS and not like a mobile power source, and it's just fine. I have a big quad-core mobile workstation and I consider it to have enough battery power to remain on while I move it from one outlet to another.
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March 22, 2012 1:42:28 PM

There was a crucial detail left out of the presentation: Power usage. Does it have 3 fans and a pump now? Or 1 fan and a pump? How much battery draw was increased/decreased?
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March 22, 2012 1:54:50 PM

Asetek liquid cooler? No thanks. I think liquid cooling is a solution for laptops and desktop replacements in the near future, but you want something far more robust.
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March 22, 2012 2:18:04 PM

Modern laptops use copper heat pipes, and I'm pretty sure they already have some liquid floating along the pipes, not from a pump but because of heat transfer. That liquid never leaks out and I doubt you'd have to worry about a water cooled laptop to run low on coolant.

From a few posts up, yeah probably just one large heatpipe that the 2GPUs and CPUs connect to, and bring it to a large heatsink with a very fast fan, that might do the same thing. I don't know if heat conductivity would be less than a water cooling system.

@memadmax, power consumption; It looks like there will be a fan for each radiator, how could a radiator cool without air flow, and then you have the coolant pump. I'm guessing the pump doesn't take more than a few watts, and each fan maybe 2.5 watts at full speed.
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March 22, 2012 2:18:14 PM

why in the phuck do you want to overclock a laptop.....if you want more performance just get a desktop....stupidity boggles my mind, also it's more expensive, i would recommend something like a very efficient peltier type of cooling
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March 22, 2012 2:19:14 PM

ArgiesteinI have the R1 M18x, and it does run quite hot, 2920XM is able to get 4.4GHz on air for a good boost, 4.0GHz constant. this would be a welcome addition to help cool it down.sidenote: battery life isn't as bad as you think, plugged in with discrete enabled it's about 2hrs, on integrated it's around 5hrs... although everything does underclock itself, but still not bad for a 20lb monstrosity.

4GHZ constant on all for cores @ 100% utilization? Sweet rig
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March 22, 2012 2:21:13 PM

nebunwhy in the phuck do you want to overclock a laptop.....if you want more performance just get a desktop....stupidity boggles my mind, also it's more expensive, i would recommend something like a very efficient peltier type of cooling

Overclocking is a good way to increase longevity of a laptop. For instance, I bought an Asus G50VT laptop a few years ago and just now I ordered an X9100 extreme chip for $106 shipped and I'll overclock to 3.6GHZ and then I'll keep it for another 5 years or more.
It came with a 2.53GHZ chip

EDIT: Well maybe longevity is the wrong word, who know how long the AC adapter and voltage regulators will last with me running seti@Home on that X9100 24/7.
The phrase I meant to use was "increase the useful life"
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Anonymous
March 22, 2012 3:10:27 PM

@danwat1234
"...For instance, I bought an Asus G50VT laptop a few years ago and just now I ordered an X9100 extreme chip for $106 shipped//////..."

Great deal!
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March 23, 2012 12:59:09 AM

You can get a way better desktop for that price.
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March 23, 2012 1:43:21 AM

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@danwat1234
"...For instance, I bought an Asus G50VT laptop a few years ago and just now I ordered an X9100 extreme chip for $106 shipped//////..."

Great deal!


search 'x9100' on pricewatch!
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May 2, 2012 6:40:53 PM


why in the phuck do you want to overclock a laptop.....if you want more performance just get a desktop....stupidity boggles my mind, also it's more expensive, i would recommend something like a very efficient peltier type of cooling


Desktop might be your choice but someone of us can afford to go on monthly vacations and I for one love taking my m18x r2 Alienware with me to still game, no way i could do that with a desktop. I can not wait for Alienware to start offering this cooling system they will have another LARGE sale from me thats for sure and my old m18x which is still new right now but by the time the cooling system is offered it will be old will be handed down to a family member.
M18X R2 | 3rd gen i7-3820qm 8mb cache | 16gb ram 1600mhz | duel nvidia gtx 675m each overclocked.
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August 10, 2012 8:52:27 PM

Impressive overclocks for a laptop.....Wow!
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